The Season 14 finale of Grey's marked the end of a journey for both April Kepner and Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw), who were both written out of the series. Each of the characters got to walk off into the sunset and start new lives with April quitting her job at Grey Sloan to help the homeless in Seattle and Arizona moving to New York with her daughter and to probably reunite with Callie (Sara Ramirez).
While their endings may have brought smiles to fans' faces, Drew's goodbye Instagram messages are sure to draw more than a few tears. The actress posted three sentimental notes to fans after the east coast airing of the finale on Thursday night.
"It's hard to say goodbye to characters I've played. It always feels like a little death, but this is different. I've lived with April nine months out of the year every year for nine years. She's a part of me. I'm a part of her. Saying goodbye to her is big and deep and sad and beautiful and joyous. It's all the feelings mashed up into one. Because I've spent so much time with her, advocating for her, investing in her journey, she feels like a real person to me. She's been through a lot of joy and a lot of pain, and I've felt that joy and that pain while playing those scenes. Her stories have made their way deep into my soul," Drew writes in the first message. She continued on to explain all the things she loved about April and the journey the two have been on together.
Her final post of the evening thanked Grey's Anatomy fans who have fiercely fought for April and supported Drew for nearly a decade on the medical soap.
"And lastly... I can't sign off without thanking all of YOU guys! The Grey's Anatomy fans are some of the most passionate people I've ever encountered. Thank you for the years of encouragement and engagement and love. You are a FORCE!!! I love you!," she wrote.
For her exit, Capshaw kept it a bit more lighthearted on her Instagram, posting behind the scenes photos of her final episode. "Headin' to a weddin'," she captioned the post of herself and co-star Justin Chambers as they headed to the location shoot the season finale's wedding scenes.
Seeing both of these women go is a bittersweet situation because they were loved characters. It's always sad to say goodbye, but they got the happy endings they both deserve.